Cracker Jackson

ISBN: 0440841208
ISBN 13: 9780440841203
By: Betsy Byars

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Genres

5 5 Abuse Children Children's Books Currently Reading Fiction Realistic Fiction To Read Young Adult Young_adult

About this book

Betsy Byars brings one of today's most complex issues (spousal abuse) into compassionate focus, while sending readers on a breakneck roller coaster ride. An ALA Notable Book of the Year. Young Adult.

Reader's Thoughts

Max Power

I first read this is the 4th grade and still have my original copy. I read it twice a year. I've broken the back more times than I'd like to admit. I love this book.

Esteban Rios

Read this book in 5th grade. Changed my life.

Lindsey

My sixth grade teacher read this to the class and I was enthralled haha!

Katie Fitzgerald

Reviewed on my blog: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

Dave Kiersh

I love how Betsy Byars is able to tackle such a serious issue and still make this book so funny. Eleven year old Jackson is trying to protect his babysitter from her husband who is abusing her. But the gold here is in the pranks that he pulls with his friend Goat. The two steal Jackson's mother's car in an attempt to drive Alma (the babysitter) 30 miles out of a town to a home for abused wives and children. The results are both hilarious and heartbreaking.This is an excellent example of realistic fiction for children which does not shy away from the dark realities of life. I am thankful that Byars uses humor to make such subjects more accessible.Highly recommended!

Kayla D

This book makes very little sense. Doesn't appear to be well thought out at all and very skimpy on details. Awesome title though.

Debbie

Good book. Betsy Byars does a nice job. The main character tries to help a friend deal with physical abuse.

Hassatou Sow

THE THING THAT I THINK IS THAT JACKSON IS SO WORRY ABOUT HIS OLD BABYSITTER ALMA BECAUSE HER HUSBAND IS BEATING HER UP AND HE TRYING GET HER FROM HIM.HE DOES EVERYTHING TO SAVE HER AND HE TRY TO DRIVE HER TO AVONDALE BUT IT FAIL AND HE TOLD HIS FATHER THAT HER HUSBAND IS BEATING HER UP AND ONE DAY JACKSON MOM CALLED ALMA AND TOLD HER TO COME OVER ANDHE HEARED HER SA SHE WAS GOING TO COME AND HE CAME AND HIT HER WITH A WREACH AND SHE HAD TO GO TO THR HOSPITAL AND SHE DROP HER BABY AND SHE LOST HER TWO TOOTH AND HER HUSBAND WAS PUT IN JAIL FOR HITTING HER AND AFTER SHE WAS WELL JACKSON FAMILY DROVE HER TO AVONDALE AND SHE WAS LIVING HAPPY AND SHE HAVE A JOD AND SHE AND HER BABY NICOLE GET TO SEE OTHER BABIES AND SHE REALLY MISS JACKSON SO MUCH.I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH BECAUSE IT SO GOOD.

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Magnolia Hope

This book is a great book for kids a bit younger than me so i would love to put this on a must read shelf because the story is filled with things that maybe you would of not thought of to do

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